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USB ThumbDrive Trim-like Utility

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Is there any point in running a "Trim Like" utility or garbage collection utility on a thumbdrive? If so, what is a good utility to use?
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Are you asking if there's a reason to zero out all of the "unused" space on the thumb drive? Unless you have concerns about security of data on that drive, I wouldn't bother. It won't make the drive any faster/more efficient, and it causes needless reading/writing to the drive.

If security is a concern, them I would look at any of the applications that can wipe free space, such as CCleaner (http://www.piriform.com/).

Chris
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I'd also recommend using TrueCrypt on the USB stick in Traveler mode; without the right password, the data's worthless anyway.
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Actually, I have an old OCZ Rally2 that is getting slower and I was hoping...
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I'm afraid there isn't much to be done. If it were a hard drive, the natural response would be to defrag it. But here's a good article about why not to defrag a thumb drive: http://ask-leo.com/should_i_defragment_my_usb_flash_drive.html

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